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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Defining the problem and taking control  
WHAT IS IT AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT:

Blood pressure is the measure of the force of blood flowing against artery walls.If this pressure is too high, a person can be at risk for a heart attack or a stroke.
Regular check-ups with your physician are the best way to keep track of your blood pressure. There are no symptoms so only a health professional can tell you if your blood pressure is too high. Your nutritionist can also assist you to help create a nutritional program to lower your blood pressure naturally. If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, you should monitor this on your own by using a blood pressure cuff that can be purchased at your local drug store.

GENERAL STRATEGIES TO HELP CONTROL HYPERTENSION:
1. Eat plenty of foods that help reduce blood pressure, such as garlic, onions, celery, vegetables, beans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and cold water fish.
2. Begin a weight-bearing exercise as approved by your physician.
3. Cut down or eliminate smoking and alcohol consumption.
4. Improve your stress management techniques.
5. Eat a diet rich in essential nutrients. Sometimes I will recommend supplements to insure that adequate amounts of important nutrients are supplied.
6. If you have high blood pressure, do not take more than 50 IU’s of Vitamin E.
7. Restrict sugar intake as much as possible,
8. Lose weight if necessary. I can help you achieve your weight goal and make sure that you are meeting your body’s nutritional needs.